TPD investigating attempted abduction near Old Orchard Elementary

TPD investigating attempted abduction near Old Orchard Elementary
(TPS letter to parents)
(TPS letter to parents)

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction at Kenwood and Merrimac near Old Orchard Elementary in west Toledo.

Police say a 13-year-old Old Orchard student was walking to school around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when a man drove up and rolled down his window, asking the girl to get inside.

In a letter sent to parents from the district it says the man then got out of his car and tried to get the girl into the car, but she ran home.

"She managed to make it home, mom came and brought her to school, so we filed a report - the necessary reports," said Old Orchard Principle Valerie Dreier.

After the mother contacted Toledo Public Schools, she then notified Toledo police of the incident.

The girl described him as a black man in his late 30's or early 40's with short hair. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket and driving a dark blue Chevy Impala or Malibu.

As soon as the school was notified Dreier says they took action.

"Protocol was followed, parents have been notified through our all call system, which just puts out a word of what happened, so that they can come in if they need to, call the school and check on their students," said Dreier. 

The principal says her school is putting student safety first and foremost, and teachers and staff were on alert all day. 

"Most of our staff are outside anyway at dismissal times, but we've made them aware that they need to be on deck, all perimeters of the building, even a little further out than we usually go," said Dreier. 

Staff at TPS are urging parents to make sure their students are not walking to school alone. They are encouraging parents to walk with them or that they walk in a group with other students.

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